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The Rugged Path

A play in three acts by George Shiels


  • Playwright

    George Shiels 

  • Setting

    Michael Tansey's house and the Dolis cabin.

  • Notes

    A sequel, The Summit, was produced in the Abbey in February 1941. See separate Playography listing for details.

  • Synopsis

    An elderly man is robbed and killed and a respectable family may have information that would convict the guilty. But to go to the police would still be considered 'informing' in certain quarters.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
John Perrie Harry Brogan
Radio Announcer Cecil Ford
Mrs Dolis Kathleen Murphy
Sergeant Austin Meldon
Sean Tansey Denis O'Dea
Marcy F J McCormick
Hugh Dolis Seamus Healy
Miss Benny Bríd Ní Loinsigh (1)
Maggie Eileen Crowe
Mrs Tansey May Craig
Mr Adare Michael J. Dolan
Sara Tansey Ria Mooney
Peter Dolis James Dunne
Production Team  
Director Michael J. Dolan
Settings by Anne Yeats
Produced by Michael J. Dolan
Stage Manager Cecil Ford
Carpenter J F Barlow

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.